Project profile — Support to the Syria Livelihoods Intervention Fund (LIF)


2018-05-22 - 2020-08-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Developing countries, unspecified (100.00%)


• Agriculture: Agricultural education/training (31181) (50.00%)
• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (50.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project addresses the immediate and critical livelihoods needs of vulnerable women and men, households and communities in targeted areas of Syria. Through the Syria Livelihoods Intervention Fund (LIF), small-scale farmers, small businesses and local entities are provided with: (1) technical training, (2) small-scale grants for scalable income-generating activities (for example, livestock rearing), (3) productive assets, and (4) business inputs (for example, small machinery). Community-based organizations are supported with funding and technical support for procurement, participatory development (inclusive engagement with local populations), and technical training related to small-scale infrastructure required for local economic activity (for example, local markets, bakeries, processing facilities, seed production laboratories).

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased capacity of small-scale farmers, small businesses and local business groups to take part in and expand local production and trade; and (2) improved capacity of community-based organizations to identify, plan, commission and manage small infrastructure to enhance sustainable local economic activity.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (August 2020) include: (1) 174 women-headed households were supported with training and in-kind support to start their own businesses; (2) a jobs platform was created to link young job seekers to potential employees, career counselling and training opportunities, such as CV writing and job interview preparation; (3) 167 people were provided with training on business planning, marketing and safety and security, of which 100 were provided with in-kind support and additional training to implement their business ideas; (4) 2,891 women were provided with personal and organizational skills development trainings, including in project management, accounting, leadership, communication and information technology skills, to take on active leadership roles in businesses and civil society associations; (5) 42 individuals (of which 24 were women) were employed on a cash-for-work basis to produce reusable, non-medical grade protective masks; (6) 143,851 masks were produced and distributed to students, health facilities, internally displaced persons camps and host communities; (7) 50 women were provided with training and inputs to start their own small-scale egg production; (8) three women-run hydroponic barley production sites were established; (9) 165 cow-owners were supported with inputs including fodder and veterinary services, including artificial insemination for increased productivity; (10) 175 women received training on entrepreneurship and leadership and in-kind support to implement their business plans; and (11) 65 women were provided with training and in-kind support for the production and marketing of high-quality food products, including olives, pomegranate molasses, yoghurt, ghee and cheese.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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